Rosa de los Vientos
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... train use to travel years ago. The location of the prison was ideal considering the geography and the climate. The prison closed in 1947.
We also got to visit kilometre zero - where the road begins! This is the farthest southern place in the World accessible by roads. Alaska is about 18 000 km away!
Once back to the hotel in the afternoon I decided since the weather was fantastic, I should probably do another excursion. I headed to ...
... Park headquarters and had a quick scan through a couple of small museums. We then went on the the 'End of the World' Post Office, where I got post cards and posted them - I hope you get them.
Back to Ushuaia, where we got our 'End of the World' certificates.
The ship left late afternoon to go west down the Beagle Channel, passing 7 glaciers before dark. These glaciers were named after countries represented on a research ship into ...
... salt through a nasal tube. A White-chinned Petrel was seen this afternoon and is quite rare!! This afternoon should be calmer sailing and I'll try to take some steadier photos then. Trying to capture one on film as the ship goes up and down is proving to be an impossible feat. lol I guess digital is good for that - delete, delete, delete. Lunch was another adventure - the first glass of a lovely Merlot made it's way across the table and came to a stop all over a poor ...
... mountains for some alpine style riding. Despite the rain coming down harder the views were fantastic and it was a great change from the endless pampa riding we 'd experienced since leaving the Caretterra 3 weeks ago. The last few kilometres seemed to go on forever as the headwind picked up again and the magic descent to the coast never seemed to arrive! Then round a corner a massive Welcome to Ushuaia sign appeared! We made it! Then it was a fairly hideous 5km across town ...
... railroad to "the end of the world." Nice views of snow-capped Andes Mountains. Stunning views that evening of glaciers and even more impressive majestic sights of Andes Mountains.
We had one rough day at sea, with swells to 17 feet and winds reaching 40-60 knots; the captain made a decision to alter course, resulting in not seeing Amelia Glacier. Neither one of us got seasick, thankfully.